Same quality wood is used on all SG. The only difference between the wood of an SGJ, SG Faded and an SG Standard is how it’s finished.
Gloss finish with the grain filled vs Satin finish with unfilled grain.
I’ve had several SG Faded in the past and currently have one that was refinished with the grain filled to a gloss finish. Feels and plays just as smooth as any other SG with Gloss finish.
It also has the stock 490T / 490R combo and sounds fine to my ears. You have to know how to adjust pickup height and how to dial in an amp’s controls regardless of what pickups are in the guitar.
An SG Standard is no better or worse than any other SG model. All SG are the same quality at the core. The only differences are hardware configuration, type of inlays and finishes.
You can believe whatever you want to believe, and I am not going to argue w/anyone over anything.......BUT, if you think GIBSON used the same quality wood that went into a 2016 SG Studio Faded, that sold for $650 new & a 2017 SG Standard you are kidding yourself, never mind the wood used in a CUSTOM SHOP GIBSON SG. The quality of the wood makes prices go up and the Guitar Rings/Resonates better especially UN-PLUGGED. SG STANDARDS are going for $2,000+TAX New w/Maestro's and they sound so much better than Specials/Faded's/ etc etc....
I will say this as well:I really get a kick out of these Guys that say their Les Paul Studio sounds just as Good as a Les Paul CUSTOM.....:THEY SAY THINGS LIKE: "I'll put my LP Studio up against any CUSTOM...", I just laugh.......
Agree, way over-priced, by the time you pay shipping from Japan. If these are such great quality, why do we not see more of them in the hands of pros?stupid deal right there.
and not worth $800 imo.better than a Gibson